Hardening Facilities Increases Protection

Some precautions can be undertaken to help preclude the ability of a terrorist to easily access the workplace facility or to protect vulnerable areas near and around company compounds.

Some cost may be well worth the investments depending upon the risk to the workplace facility and its occupants. Some of the actions that can be undertaken are as follows:

  • • Install a perimeter around the compound or facility.
  • • Consider installing telephone caller ID; record phone calls, if necessary.
  • • Increase perimeter lighting.
  • • Deploy visible security cameras and motion sensors.
  • • Remove vegetation in and around perimeters; maintain regularly.
  • • Institute a robust vehicle inspection program to include checking the undercarriage of vehicles, under the hood, and in the trunk. Provide vehicle inspection training to security personnel.
  • • Deploy explosive detection devices and explosive detection canine teams. Conduct vulnerability studies focusing on physical security, structural engineering, infrastructure engineering, power, water, and air infiltration, if feasible.
  • • Initiate a system to enhance mail and package screening procedures (both announced and unannounced).
  • • Install special locking devices on manhole covers in and around facilities.
  • • Install intrusion devices.
  • • Implement a countersurveillance detection program.

Blast protection can be undertaken during the design phase to prevent and delay facility collapse. Other actions that can be taken to make facilities more blast resistant are as follows:

  • • Use configurations that better resist blast shockwaves.
  • • Maximize distances between parking and facilities.
  • • Review size and location of windows with detonation points in mind, and use blast- or ballistic-resistant glazing.
  • • Increase the strength of exterior cladding and nonstructural elements.
  • • Avoid exterior ornamentation that can break away.
 
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